THE 52nd

Not one of the sacrifices chosen over the long history had survived--until now.

On the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, the immortal Castillo family gathers in Tulum. Weary and haunted, they receive the names of fifty-two human sacrifices chosen once every fifty-two years for the Underworld, a tradition thought to have disappeared with the fall of the Aztec and Mayan empires.

Driving home one night, college freshman Zara Moss swerves to avoid hitting a ghastly figure in the road. Lucas Castillo witnesses the car crash, but when it comes time to supervise her abduction from the wreckage, he intervenes. Something is different about Zara: Lucas has been having dreams of her arrival for five hundred years.

As Lucas and Zara come together to put an end to the bloody sacrifices, they discover that the ancient tradition isn't so easily broken. The gods are angry, and they have until the Winter Solstice to drag Zara to the Underworld.



I’m calling THE 52ND my ‘never’ book. This is a story where an ordinary girl never more ready for college is chosen to be a human sacrifice for an ancient never been broken tradition. Two never more different characters are thrown into a whirlwind when they realize they must find a way to work together.

A lot of my reviewers have also said never have I read anything with Aztecs and Mayans in it.

Also, never have I ever written a story before this. THE 52ND was a 4-year process and in the end all I can say was that it was worth it because breaking traditions never felt more right.